Donnie Henderson

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Donnie Henderson
Born: (1957-05-17) May 17, 1957 (age 61)
Baltimore, Maryland
Career information
Position(s) Defensive Backs Coach
College Utah State
Career history
As coach
1983–1985 Utah State University (Graduate Assistant)
1986–1988 Utah State University (Linebackers Coach)
1989 University of Idaho (Recruiting Coordinator)
1990–1991 University of California, Berkeley (Linebackers Coach)
1992–1994 Arizona State University (Safeties Coach)
1995–1997 Arizona State University (Defensive Backs Coach)
1998 University of Houston (Defensive Backs Coach)
1999 Baltimore Ravens (Assistant Defensive Backs Coach)
2000–2003 Baltimore Ravens (Defensive Backs Coach)
2004–2005 New York Jets (Defensive Coordinator)
2006 Detroit Lions (Defensive Coordinator)
2008 Jacksonville Jaguars (Defensive Backs Coach)
2009 California Redwoods (Defense Volunteer)
2009–2010 Arizona Cardinals (Defensive Backs Coach)
2011 Southern University (Defensive Backs Coach)
2012 Syracuse University (Defensive Backs Coach)
2013–2016 Buffalo Bills (Defensive Backs Coach)
Career highlights and awards

Donnie Henderson (born May 17, 1957) is an American football coach. He was a defensive Backs Coach for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League.


Henderson first joined the Jets during the 2004 NFL season.[1] In 2005, the Jets had a second-ranked defense against the pass, but a 32nd-ranked defense against the run, which undoubtedly was one of the factors leading to the team's disappointing 4-12 record (in addition to Chad Pennington and Curtis Martin being absent for most of the season due to injury). Henderson was not kept on after head coach Herman Edwards was replaced by Eric Mangini following the season.

Henderson soon accepted the defensive coordinator position for the Detroit Lions and new head coach, Rod Marinelli. The Lions went 3-13 in 2006 and finished the season ranked 27th out of 32 in total defense. Henderson was fired from his position on January 2, 2007.

In 2010, he was hired by the Arizona Cardinals as a defensive backs coach.[2]

Henderson coached at Southern University in 2011 and was named the Defensive Backs coach at Syracuse University in 2012.[3] He was hired by the Buffalo Bills in 2013 to coach the defensive backs.[4] He was a coach in The Spring League in 2017.[5]


  1. ^ Rich Cimini (January 25, 2004). "FINALLY, JETS GET 'D' CHIEF". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2011-01-28. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Report: Cardinals hire Donnie Henderson". NBC Sports. February 22, 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  3. ^ . Syracuse Athletics  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Bills add 10 to coaching staff". Buffalo Bills. 15 January 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-01-18. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Seifert, Kevin (May 6, 2017). "Is Spring League an NFL springboard? It's at least a shot". Retrieved July 26, 2017.